The Nationals were hugely impressive in their 2 road games to start the season, stealing both in low-scoring wins. Scherzer and Sanchez were both outstanding in the pitching department, leading the team to just 1 run conceded all series. Adam Eaton also stepped up offensively, managing 2 key RBI in game 2 that made all the difference. The good pitching looks set to continue here, with Stephen Strasburg’s 18-6 record and 3.32 ERA taking the mound.
St Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have an absolute mountain to climb after the first two games, failing to win either clash at home. Their offence very clearly went missing, with just 4 combined hits in both games. They were just 41-40 on the road during the regular season, although did manage 2 huge road wins in Atlanta during the divisional round. Jack Flaherty is slated to pitch here, sporting a solid 11-8 record with 2 2.75 ERA through 196 innings.
Prediction: Under 7.5 Runs
Neither offence has performed well to start this series, with only 6 combined runs during the first 2 games. I’d argue there is even more pitching talent in this one, with both Strasburg and Flaherty impressing during the regular season. Neither side has huge depth offensively, with 1 or 2 key players on each side having to carry a huge offensive load. Washington isn’t a great park for hitters either, adding to the list of factors that make me fancy the under here.